From Nano-materials Fabrication to the Electro-extraction of Light Metals

Professor Rohan Akolkar, Case Western Reserve University
February 20, 2017 at 11:00 am
241 Compton
Event Description 

Electrochemical processing of materials is central to a wide variety of devices and applications including semiconductor technology, batteries, photovoltaics and electro-metallurgy. In this talk, the speaker will discuss challenges and recent breakthroughs pertaining to a few ongoing electrochemical process development efforts in his laboratory:

  1. development of a novel electrochemical atomic layer deposition process for the scalable nano-manufacturing of semiconductor interconnect materials with unprecedented atomic-scale control over morphology and composition;
  2. development of a novel electrolytic process for the extraction or recovery of multivalent metals (such as titanium, neodymium) using electrodeposition from molten salt electrolytes.

In outlining these efforts, aspects of fundamental electrochemistry as well as electrochemical reactor design will be highlighted. Broader technological impacts of aforementioned development efforts will also be discussed.